How to Watch San Diego Padres Games Live Without Cable

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If you are a Padres fan who wants to watch almost all games of the regular season, you have options depending on where you live. Read on to learn everything.

In a hurry? Fans who live outside the San Diego area can watch most Padres games live with MLB.TV for $24.99/mo. Local fans should get Bally Sports San Diego. To get it without cable, you have one option: the DIRECTV STREAM Choice plan for $89.99/mo. A 5-day free trial is now available for DIRECTV STREAM.

The San Diego Padres and their star players, such as Fernando Tatis Jr and Manny Machado, are looking for a breakthrough season to get America’s Finest City excited about baseball once again.

They did have a hint of that in 2020, but that is still the team’s lone winning record since 2010 and only playoff appearance since 2006. However, San Diego’s 2021 campaign was promising for much of it, and the future may be bright.

Are you a fan of the Padres or simply curious about what that future holds for the franchise? If yes and you want to see them play as often as possible, you will want to secure access to Bally Sports San Diego’s game broadcasts.

This can be achieved by through either a subscription to DIRECTV STREAM ($89.99/mo) for those in that channel’s broadcast area or MLB.TV ($24.99/mo) for fans who are not blacked out from Padres broadcasts because of their location.

About the Padres

San Diego is the only metropolitan area to be home to a Major League Baseball team and no other franchises in any of the other major sports leagues (NFL, NBA, NHL, and MLS). This became the case when the NFL’s San Diego Chargers became the Los Angeles Chargers in 2017.

The Padres are also the newest of the five California-based baseball teams. This expansion franchise started play in 1969, a year after the Athletics moved from Kansas City to Oakland. It has only played in two stadiums in its history: Qualcomm Stadium (1969-2003) and Petco Park (2004-present).

San Diego, playing in the NL West, is also the only California-based franchise to have never won the World Series. The best seasons in Padres history, when they won National League pennants, were in 1984 and 1998. Other playoff appearances occurred in 1996, 2005, 2006, and 2020.

After the Padres impressed with a 37-23 record in 2020, hopes were high in 2021. And the team lived up to those but only for part of the season. San Diego had a 66-49 record through 115 games and were on pace for 93 wins, which would have gotten the Padres into the playoffs.

However, their stretch drive went horribly as they went 13-34 the rest of the way and finished 11 games out of the playoffs.

Padres TV Channels

Bally Sports San Diego is the full-time home of the San Diego Padres. It broadcasts all games played by the club that are not shown exclusively on national or regional channels or have been selected for an online broadcast.

Prior to the 2021 season, it was announced that 153 of 162 regular-season games would be shown on this regional sports network. This year, it is 158.

For the rest of the broadcasted games, options include your local Fox, NBC, or ABC affiliates, ESPN, TBS, Fox Sports 1 (FS1), or MLB Network. Currently, 9 games will appear on national channels as well as Bally Sports and 3 will show exclusively on Fox or ESPN.

In addition, a small selection of games will be exclusively streamed by Apple TV+ and Peacock Premium. Currently, only one game is scheduled for Apple TV+.

San Diego Padres
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Watching the Padres

There are many ways to watch at least some Padres games.

Antenna

Antenna

When the Padres are being shown on Fox, ABC, or NBC, all that you need in order to catch the action is an antenna. Do note that appearances on Fox will be a lot more likely than ones on ABC or NBC. Also keep in mind that if the Padres return to the World Series, those games will be on Fox. Currently, two games are scheduled to appear on Fox.

For more information about using an antenna, see our guide.

Streaming

It is only via streaming that you can watch every Padres game this season.

Live TV Streaming Services

DIRECTV STREAM

DIRECTV STREAM (formerly AT&T TV) provides the lone option for cord-cutters looking to watch Bally Sports San Diego and its Padres broadcasts. However, note that you need to be located in its broadcast area to get this channel through this streaming service’s Choice plan ($89.99/mo).

It is available in San Diego and points to the east, including California’s San Diego and Imperial Counties and southern Arizona’s Yuma and Tucson, and Las Vegas. It is also available in Hawaii. Subscribers may also watch Fox, ABC, NBC, ESPN, TBS, FS1, and MLB Network.

All plans come with unlimited cloud DVR (online sign-up) and simultaneous streaming on up to 20 devices. See our DIRECTV STREAM review for more information.

If you are not located in a place that is eligible to receive Bally Sports San Diego or do not mind not having that channel, then your streaming service options open up. Other ones to consider include Hulu + Live TV ($69.99/mo), Sling TV ($50/mo), FuboTV ($69.99/mo), Vidgo ($59.95/mo), and YouTube TV ($64.99/mo)

Specialty Streaming Services

Increasingly, MLB games appear live on streaming-only services.

  • Apple TV+ ($4.99/mo): Exclusively streaming two MLB games every Friday, and those will periodically feature the Padres. The club’s first appearance on Apple TV+ was set for May 13, 2022, an away game versus the Atlanta Braves.
  • Peacock Premium ($4.99/mo): Also exclusively streaming baseball games with its expected to be on Sundays. The Padres should be a part of those streams as well. (Peacock review)
  • ESPN+ ($6.99/mo): Provides streams of Padres and other baseball games throughout the season, but keep in mind that this option is generally more advantageous for out-of-market fans due to blackout restrictions that are generally imposed. (ESPN+ review)

MLB.TV

MLB.TV

As long as you are situated outside of the San Diego Padres’ blackout region, MLB.TV ($24.99/mo or $139.99/yr) is a solid option to consider for watching Bally Sports San Diego-broadcast games. It provides access to all out-of-market games but for slightly less ($119.99/yr), you can get a single team plan for just the Padres.

That blackout area covers the southern part of Southern California (not the LA metropolitan area) and the southern portions of Arizona and Nevada as well as Hawaii.

Everyone else will get to watch those telecasts except for when the Padres play a local team. For example, Padres-Giants broadcasts are blacked out to MLB.TV subscribers in the Bay Area.

Note that MLB.TV does provide access to exclusive nationally televised games and this includes all playoff contests. So you will normally want to combine MLB.TV with a live TV streaming service.

Devices and TVs to Live Stream Padres Games

Both MLB.TV and DIRECTV STREAM support most devices:

  • Amazon Fire TV
  • Android mobile devices
  • Apple TV
  • Chromecast
  • iOS mobile devices
  • Roku
  • Samsung smart TVs
  • Web browsers.

DIRECTV STREAM offers its own device. That can be nice because it means all your streaming is covered by a single company so there’s only one place to go when you have a problem.

MLB.TV supports devices based on the Android TV standard. It also supports Xbox One and PlayStation units.

The other streaming services offer pretty much the same support. Our streaming reviews have complete details.

Wrapping Up

Fans who want to watch the San Diego Padres on a regular basis should, in most cases, subscribe to DIRECTV STREAM ($89.99/mo) if in Bally Sports San Diego’s broadcast area or MLB.TV ($24.99/mo) if outside of the club’s blackout region.

FAQs

Where can I watch tonight’s Padres game on TV?

In most cases, you can watch tonight’s game on Bally Sports San Diego as it broadcasts around 95% of the regular-season games that the team plays. Other possibilities include Fox, ABC, NBC, Fox Sports 1, ESPN, TBS, and MLB Network. Also consider that it might instead be exclusively streamed by Apple TV+ or Peacock Premium (both $4.99/mo).

How can I listen to the Padres on the radio?

If you are in or near the San Diego-Tijuana metropolitan area, you will want to tune into either 97.3 The Fan or La Poderosa 860 AM to listen to Padres radio broadcasts. The former features English-speaking commentators while the latter option is for those who prefer to listen to the action in Spanish. Note that all of those radio broadcasts are available online to those subscribing to MLB Radio ($2.99/mo) or MLB.TV ($24.99/mo).

Is there a way to watch Padres games for free?

Yes, there is. Those who are outside of the club’s blackout area can periodically check out the team’s contests thanks to the MLB.TV Free Game of the Day. Another option for fans who have an antenna is to view Padres games that have been selected for regional or national coverage on a network television outlet, such as Fox, ABC, or NBC.

How do I stream Padres games on my phone?

If you subscribe to DIRECTV STREAM ($89.99/mo) and watch Bally Sports San Diego-produced Padres broadcasts through either the DIRECTV STREAM or Bally Sports apps. Conversely, those who instead utilize MLB.TV ($24.99/mo) to watch many of those broadcasts (out-of-market fans) can do the same after downloading the MLB app.

What is the San Diego Padres 2022 schedule?

This year, the Padres will play against (in order) Arizona Diamondbacks, San Francisco Giants, Atlanta Braves, Cincinnati Reds, Los Angeles Dodgers, Pittsburgh Pirates, Cleveland Guardians, Miami Marlins, Chicago Cubs, Philadelphia Phillies, Milwaukee Brewers, St Louis Cardinals, New York Mets, Colorado Rockies, Seattle Mariners, Detroit Tigers, Minnesota Twins, Washington Nationals, Kansas City Royals, and the Chicago White Sox.

Here is the complete Padres regular-season schedule (EDT). Most games other than those on Fox and Apple TV+ should air on Bally Sports San Diego.

  • Thu Apr 7 9:40 pm: @ D-backs
  • Fri Apr 8 9:40 pm: @ D-backs
  • Sat Apr 9 8:10 pm: @ D-backs
  • Sun Apr 10 4:10 pm: @ D-backs
  • Mon Apr 11 9:45 pm: @ Giants (MLBN)
  • Tue Apr 12 9:45 pm: @ Giants
  • Wed Apr 13 3:45 pm: @ Giants (MLBN)
  • Thu Apr 14 8:10 pm: vs Braves
  • Fri Apr 15 9:40 pm: vs Braves
  • Sat Apr 16 4:05 pm: vs Braves (FS1)
  • Sun Apr 17 7:08 pm: vs Braves (ESPN)
  • Mon Apr 18 9:40 pm: vs Reds
  • Tue Apr 19 9:40 pm: vs Reds
  • Wed Apr 20 4:10 pm: vs Reds
  • Fri Apr 22 9:40 pm: vs Dodgers
  • Sat Apr 23 8:40 pm: vs Dodgers (MLBN)
  • Sun Apr 24 4:10 pm: vs Dodgers (MLBN)
  • Tue Apr 26 6:40 pm: @ Reds
  • Wed Apr 27 6:40 pm: @ Reds
  • Thu Apr 28 12:35 pm: @ Reds
  • Fri Apr 29 6:35 pm: @ Pirates
  • Sat Apr 30 6:35 pm: @ Pirates
  • Sun May 1 1:35 pm: @ Pirates
  • Tue May 3 6:10 pm: @ Guardians
  • Wed May 4 1:10 pm: @ Guardians
  • Thu May 5 9:40 pm: vs Marlins
  • Fri May 6 9:40 pm: vs Marlins
  • Sat May 7 8:40 pm: vs Marlins
  • Sun May 8 4:10 pm: vs Marlins
  • Mon May 9 9:40 pm: vs Cubs
  • Tue May 10 9:40 pm: vs Cubs
  • Wed May 11 4:10 pm: vs Cubs
  • Fri May 13 7:20 pm: @ Braves (Apple TV+)
  • Sat May 14 4:05 pm: @ Braves (FS1)
  • Sun May 15 1:35 pm: @ Braves (Peacock)
  • Tue May 17 6:45 pm: @ Phillies
  • Wed May 18 6:45 pm: @ Phillies
  • Thu May 19 1:05 pm: @ Phillies
  • Fri May 20 10:15 pm: @ Giants
  • Sat May 21 4:05 pm: @ Giants (FS1)
  • Sun May 22 4:05 pm: @ Giants
  • Mon May 23 9:40 pm: vs Brewers
  • Tue May 24 9:40 pm: vs Brewers (TBS)
  • Wed May 25 4:10 pm: vs Brewers
  • Fri May 27 9:40 pm: vs Pirates
  • Sat May 28 10:10 pm: vs Pirates
  • Sun May 29 4:10 pm: vs Pirates
  • Mon May 30 2:15 pm: @ Cardinals
  • Tue May 31 7:45 pm: @ Cardinals
  • Wed Jun 1 1:15 pm: @ Cardinals
  • Thu Jun 2 7:40 pm: @ Brewers
  • Fri Jun 3 8:10 pm: @ Brewers
  • Sat Jun 4 4:10 pm: @ Brewers
  • Sun Jun 5 2:10 pm: @ Brewers
  • Mon Jun 6 9:40 pm: vs Mets
  • Tue Jun 7 9:40 pm: vs Mets
  • Wed Jun 8 9:40 pm: vs Mets
  • Fri Jun 10 9:40 pm: vs Rockies
  • Sat Jun 11 4:10 pm: vs Rockies
  • Sat Jun 11 10:10 pm: vs Rockies
  • Sun Jun 12 4:10 pm: vs Rockies
  • Mon Jun 13 8:05 pm: @ Cubs
  • Tue Jun 14 8:05 pm: @ Cubs
  • Wed Jun 15 8:05 pm: @ Cubs
  • Thu Jun 16 2:20 pm: @ Cubs
  • Fri Jun 17 8:40 pm: @ Rockies
  • Sat Jun 18 9:10 pm: @ Rockies
  • Sun Jun 19 3:10 pm: @ Rockies
  • Mon Jun 20 9:40 pm: vs D-backs
  • Tue Jun 21 9:40 pm: vs D-backs
  • Wed Jun 22 4:10 pm: vs D-backs
  • Thu Jun 23 9:40 pm: vs Phillies
  • Fri Jun 24 9:40 pm: vs Phillies
  • Sat Jun 25 10:10 pm: vs Phillies
  • Sun Jun 26 4:10 pm: vs Phillies
  • Tue Jun 28 9:40 pm: @ D-backs
  • Wed Jun 29 3:40 pm: @ D-backs
  • Thu Jun 30 10:10 pm: @ Dodgers (FS1)
  • Fri Jul 1 10:10 pm: @ Dodgers
  • Sat Jul 2 7:15 pm: @ Dodgers (Fox)
  • Sun Jul 3 4:10 pm: @ Dodgers
  • Mon Jul 4 6:40 pm: vs Mariners
  • Tue Jul 5 4:10 pm: vs Mariners
  • Thu Jul 7 9:40 pm: vs Giants
  • Fri Jul 8 9:40 pm: vs Giants
  • Sat Jul 9 7:15 pm: vs Giants (Fox)
  • Sun Jul 10 4:10 pm: vs Giants
  • Mon Jul 11 8:40 pm: @ Rockies
  • Tue Jul 12 8:40 pm: @ Rockies
  • Wed Jul 13 8:40 pm: @ Rockies
  • Thu Jul 14 3:10 pm: @ Rockies
  • Fri Jul 15 9:40 pm: vs D-backs
  • Sat Jul 16 8:40 pm: vs D-backs
  • Sun Jul 17 4:10 pm: vs D-backs
  • Fri Jul 22 7:10 pm: @ Mets
  • Sat Jul 23 7:10 pm: @ Mets
  • Sun Jul 24 1:40 pm: @ Mets
  • Mon Jul 25 7:10 pm: @ Tigers
  • Tue Jul 26 7:10 pm: @ Tigers
  • Wed Jul 27 1:10 pm: @ Tigers
  • Fri Jul 29 9:40 pm: vs Twins
  • Sat Jul 30 8:40 pm: vs Twins
  • Sun Jul 31 4:10 pm: vs Twins
  • Mon Aug 1 9:40 pm: vs Rockies
  • Tue Aug 2 4:10 pm: vs Rockies
  • Tue Aug 2 10:10 pm: vs Rockies
  • Wed Aug 3 9:40 pm: vs Rockies
  • Thu Aug 4 4:10 pm: vs Rockies
  • Fri Aug 5 10:10 pm: @ Dodgers
  • Sat Aug 6 9:10 pm: @ Dodgers
  • Sun Aug 7 4:10 pm: @ Dodgers
  • Mon Aug 8 9:40 pm: vs Giants
  • Tue Aug 9 9:40 pm: vs Giants
  • Wed Aug 10 4:10 pm: vs Giants
  • Fri Aug 12 7:05 pm: @ Nationals
  • Sat Aug 13 7:05 pm: @ Nationals
  • Sun Aug 14 1:35 pm: @ Nationals (Peacock)
  • Mon Aug 15 6:40 pm: @ Marlins
  • Tue Aug 16 6:40 pm: @ Marlins
  • Wed Aug 17 4:10 pm: @ Marlins
  • Thu Aug 18 9:40 pm: vs Nationals
  • Fri Aug 19 9:40 pm: vs Nationals
  • Sat Aug 20 8:40 pm: vs Nationals
  • Sun Aug 21 4:10 pm: vs Nationals
  • Tue Aug 23 9:40 pm: vs Guardians
  • Wed Aug 24 4:10 pm: vs Guardians
  • Fri Aug 26 8:10 pm: @ Royals
  • Sat Aug 27 7:10 pm: @ Royals
  • Sun Aug 28 2:10 pm: @ Royals
  • Mon Aug 29 9:45 pm: @ Giants
  • Tue Aug 30 9:45 pm: @ Giants
  • Wed Aug 31 3:45 pm: @ Giants
  • Fri Sep 2 10:10 pm: @ Dodgers
  • Sat Sep 3 9:10 pm: @ Dodgers
  • Sun Sep 4 4:10 pm: @ Dodgers
  • Mon Sep 5 6:40 pm: vs D-backs
  • Tue Sep 6 9:40 pm: vs D-backs
  • Wed Sep 7 8:40 pm: vs D-backs (FS1)
  • Fri Sep 9 9:40 pm: vs Dodgers
  • Sat Sep 10 8:40 pm: vs Dodgers
  • Sun Sep 11 4:10 pm: vs Dodgers
  • Tue Sep 13 9:40 pm: @ Mariners
  • Wed Sep 14 4:10 pm: @ Mariners
  • Thu Sep 15 9:40 pm: @ D-backs
  • Fri Sep 16 9:40 pm: @ D-backs
  • Sat Sep 17 8:10 pm: @ D-backs
  • Sun Sep 18 4:10 pm: @ D-backs
  • Tue Sep 20 9:40 pm: vs Cardinals
  • Wed Sep 21 9:40 pm: vs Cardinals
  • Thu Sep 22 4:10 pm: vs Cardinals
  • Fri Sep 23 8:10 pm: @ Rockies
  • Sat Sep 24 8:10 pm: @ Rockies
  • Sun Sep 25 3:10 pm: @ Rockies
  • Tue Sep 27 9:40 pm: vs Dodgers
  • Wed Sep 28 9:40 pm: vs Dodgers
  • Thu Sep 29 9:40 pm: vs Dodgers
  • Fri Sep 30 9:40 pm: vs White Sox
  • Sat Oct 1 8:40 pm: vs White Sox
  • Sun Oct 2 4:10 pm: vs White Sox
  • Mon Oct 3 9:40 pm: vs Giants
  • Tue Oct 4 9:40 pm: vs Giants
  • Wed Oct 5 TBD: vs Giants
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